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54 Years Of Space Exploration In One Beautiful Chart


So far, the only countries to send probes to other planets and moons in our solar system has been the United States and Russia (Soviet Union) and more recently India. During that time, hundreds of probes have visited the far reaches of our solar system and on July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will reach Pluto and move on to the Kuiper Belt beyond Pluto’s orbit. To chart the history of planetary science, this fantastic visualization of all the space probe missions sent to planets and moons in our solar system was created by National Geographic. We have sent 72 probes to the moon, 38 to Mars, and probes to 8 of the “original” 9 planets, with New Horizons making that 9 next year.

More about the chart here.

Published on May 22, 2014